Internalised oppression is a condition that a number of people from marginalized groups experience. It is defined as:
“…An involuntary reaction to oppression which originates outside one’s group, and which results in group members loathing themselves, disliking others in their group, and blaming themselves for the oppression – rather than realizing that these beliefs are constructed in them by oppressive socio-economic political systems” (Rosenwasser 2006)
Internalised Oppression is a “dirty little secret” that is hardly discussed. In this symposium I share my experiences of working with black women on Internalised Oppression through a series of workshops I conducted early in 2017; also excerpts from interviews with individuals from marginalized groups and their experiences of: internalised sexism, racism, heterosexism/homophobia and antisemitism, sharing these experiences of Internalised Oppression, and how to heal from it.
This session is relevant to any person who is interested in understanding the dynamics of oppression and committed to dismantling oppression either as a victim of oppression, or an ally to people who are oppressed.